Sep 25, 2018

Diocese of Limerick in association with the National Centre for Liturgy are delighted to offer a new Organ Tuition for Liturgy Course

Bishop Leahy has welcomed the invitation from the National Centre for Liturgy to offer an NCL-accredited organ tuition here in Limerick diocese, starting this October.

The course: The Organ Tuition for Liturgy programme is a transition course from piano/keyboard to organ. It provides an opportunity for those who have basic keyboard skills (grade 4/5) to be introduced into the role of church organist, playing a two manual organ (either pipe or electronic) with full pedal board. The course covers the playing of hymn, psalms and mass parts. The certificates offered to participants will have three levels: foundation, senior and advanced level.

The content: The course consists of 20 sessions of weekly organ tuition, 4 hours of liturgical formation on one Saturday and an end of year exam.

Bernardette Kiely is our Organ Tutor. Bernadette holds qualifications in organ teaching and performance in addition to piano teaching qualifications.  She is currently registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and is Organist and Choir Director at St John’s Cathedral.  As a former member of the Advisory Committee on Church Music based in the National Centre for Liturgy (Maynooth) she has contributed to the development of this training course for liturgical organists.


Columba McCann OSB is our speaker for the Liturgical Formation section of the course. He is the chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Church Music at the National Centre for Liturgy, composer of the Mass of St Ita and many other compositions and a Monk of Glenstal Abbey.

An examiner will be provided by the National Centre of Liturgy.

When & where: The course will run over two 10 week semesters starting in 4th October 2018.

For more information including fee details: Please contact the Limerick Diocesan Centre, St Munchin’s, Corbally, Limerick. Tel. 061-350000 or email